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Flock of space ducks caught on camera!
Using a large telescope in Chile, astronomers have spotted a flock of space ducks! Unless you have the eyes of a hawk, you'll need a telescope or pair of binoculars to see this cluster of stars. Or a photograph, like this one! This beautiful picture shows the Wild Duck Cluster.
Six months aboard the International Space Station
Astronaut Alexander Gerst is currently halfway into his six-month mission on the International Space Station called the 'Blue Dot'. This mission will deliver over 100 science experiments designed to improve life on Earth, test out new technologies and prepare for further exploration of the Solar System and space!
'J' marks the spot for Rosetta's lander
When Rosetta left Earth 10 years ago it carried with it a little probe called Philae. Soon Philae will heads out on a mission of its own -- to become the first probe to land on the surface of a comet! Choosing a landing site on the unusually shaped comet has been a challenging task, but has now been decided that Philae will land on the head of the 'comet' at the so-called 'Site J'!
The solar system's water: Older than the sun
Where did the water in our solar system come from? For years, researchers have been debating whether it came from processes that took place after the sun was born, when the planets were just beginning to form -- or if it was created much earlier, before a cold cloud of gas even formed the sun. Now, it appears that researchers finally have an answer.
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American Association for the Advancement of Science
Speaking of Chemistry: Why we need antibiotics (video)
Antibiotics revolutionized health care in the early 20th century, helping kill bacteria that once killed thousands of people. But bacteria are also constantly outsmarting science, and new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are popping up more frequently. This week's Speaking of Chemistry focuses on the current shortage of new antibiotics and discusses the prospects for new drugs. The episode also answers the question: Why should you finish your pills if you feel better? Check it out at: http://youtu.be/MAoDuSxXIUQ.
Cosmic crashes get galaxies in a spin
For many years astronomers have believed that when two similar-sized spiral galaxies collide, they will mash together a type of galaxy called an elliptical galaxy. But, if this is correct, how are there still so many spiral galaxies in the universe. Just last week they finally found the answer!
Why do leaves change color in the fall? (video)
It's the first day of autumn, and the telltale signs are here: crisp weather, pumpkin spice lattes and, most importantly, the leaves are changing colors. Ever wonder why some leaves turn red, others yellow and some just turn brown? We'll tell you all about the chemistry behind this seasonal spectacle in the latest Reactions episode. Learn all about it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0nWmTeQPfo.
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology
New hadrosaur noses into spotlight
Call it the Jimmy Durante of dinosaurs -- a newly discovered hadrosaur with a truly distinctive nasal profile. The new dinosaur, named Rhinorex condrupus by paleontologists from North Carolina State University and Brigham Young University, lived in what is now Utah approximately 75 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period.
Public Health Nutrition
Kids eat better if their parents went to college
Children of college-educated parents eat more vegetables and drink less sugar, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. But it's still not enough, the study goes on to say, as all kids are falling short when it comes to eating healthier at school. The research suggests a parent's educational attainment, an indicator of socioeconomic status, may inform a child's diet.
iPhone chemistry: Elements of a smartphone
We've got all the details about Apple's latest iPhone and the lines are probably forming somewhere for the Sept. 19 launch. But what do you really know about the guts of the iPhone 6, or any smartphone for that matter? Reactions teamed up once again with the Compound Interest blog to find the chemical elements lurking inside a smartphone.